Gym clothes are one of our favourite things to buy. We never thought we'd say it, but (thankfully) practicality is 'in' right now and we're loving trainers, leggings and tops - for doing sports, obviously, but also for making us feel better (read: smugger) when we're lounging and at the weekend. Even when you're hungover, nothing makes you feel better than a pseudo sporty look that could trick people into thinking your pallid hungover complexion is down to an overzelous downward facing dog.
Also it's that time of year where everyone, even your laziest friends, feel like they should get fit and your energetic friends start training for marathons and charity runs so it helps that these luxe pieces wouldn't look out of place at the gym.
Call it the influence of the latest sportswear collections (including the seriously desirable designer collabs) or whatever you like, there's a whole host of advantages of being kitted out in the latest fitness wear.
Firstly, you're always half ready for an impromptu workout (or dash for the bus) so getting shaped up is that much simpler. Secondly, you'll be surprised how many outfits, from work to weekend, they give a sleek, stylish edge. (Who doesn't wear trainers nowadays?) Thirdly, exercise got cool so you may as well have a gym bag to be proud of - and the best thing is stylish sportswear doesn't have to break the bank anymore, with the high street collections stronger than ever.
There's an incredible sportswear offering right now, with Nike and Sweaty Betty to Charli Cohen and We Are Handsome creating fun, statement, high quality pieces for all kinds of exercise. If you're on the hunt for sleek and sporty silhouttes, look to Elie Tahari and our fav bikini brand Lisa Marie Fernandez's collection.
Our favourite sportswear collab is New Balance x J.Crew. The merging of two of our favourite brands was always going to be good but we want the entire collection. The slick leggings and cool hoodies are totally perfect to wear to brunch after a work-out.
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There's some uber-brights, if that's your vibe, as well as more muted charcoals and navys. Top tips? If you're going flouro, don't double up — go statement leggings and grey marl to keep it balanced — and buy a few sizes bigger in your outerwear so you don't feel conscious of your mega-streamlined figure when you're going to and from.
Though we're all for throwing leggings and a t-shirt in your handbag, there is something more chilled about an actual gymbag which you can put your gym gear in without worrying your bronzer will smash all over your t-shirt. Remember wipes, hairbands and deodorant (and your make-up bag, if you like a little refresh apres-workout) if you're meeting friends for brunch after.
Whether the prospect of being comfortable has won you over, or you need to freshen up your gym bag, there will be something you love in our sportswear round-up...